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When royal James obtain'd the crown,
And Pop'ry came in fashion, The penal laws I hooted down,
And read the Declaration ; The Church of Rome I found would fit
Full well my constitution ; And had become a Jesuit,
But for the Revolution.
And this is law, &c.
When George in pudding-time came o'er,
And moderate men looked big, sir, I turned a cat-in-the-pan once more,
And so became a Whig, sir ; And thus preferment I procured
From our new Faith's defender, And almost every day abjured
The Pope and the Pretender.
And this is law, &c.
When William was our King declar'd,
To ease a nation's grievance, With this new wind about I steer'd,
And swore to him allegiance; Old principles I did revoke,
Set conscience at a distance; Passive obedience was a joke,
A jest was non-resistance.
And this is law, &c.
The illustrious house of Hanover
And Protestant succession, To these I do allegiance swear,—
While they can keep possession ; For in my faith and loyalty
I never more will falter, And George my lawful King shall be-
Until the times do alter.
And this is law, &c.
H. 486S.
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